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Hallux Rigidus

Stiff Big Toe/Turf Toe (Hallux Rigidus)

Pain and Stiff Big Toe/Turf Toe may be referred to as turf toe, or big toe arthritis. This condition frequently affects athletes and can make it hard to walk, run, or stand. Conservative treatments may reduce pain caused by a stiff big toe, but in some cases, surgery may be required.

What causes turf toe?

For many people, the cause of a stiff big toe is unknown.  For others, such as athletes, stress on the big toe joint from overuse (running, etc.) or an injury where the joint is sprained is likely to blame.  Stiff big toes can also run in families or may be caused by gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or other inflammatory diseases such as osteoarthritis. 

Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus

  • Restricted motion of the big toe
  • Stiffness and pain in the big toe (particularly in cold weather)
  • Swelling in toe joint
  • Development of a bunion, callus, or corn
  • Difficulty walking, standing, or exercising

How to Treat Turf Toe

Nonsurgical treatments for a stiff big toe provided by Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid Injections
  • Orthotics

If your stiff big toe doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatment, surgery may be necessary. The expert podiatrists at Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists have years of experience in successful surgeries to treat a stiff big toe.  Schedule an appointment at one of our locations throughout Ohio today.